Braidy® in Pre-K Master Class—October 6 & 13, 2022

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Braidy® in Pre-K Master Class

Story Language for Play, SEL, & Problem Solving

Braidy Poster imageBraidy® in Pre-K Master Cass: Story Language for Play, SEL, & Problem-Solving—a virtual workshop via Zoom Meeting! For the first time ever, we are offering a “Narrative Development with Braidy®” workshop SPECIFICALLY for people working with Pre-School Aged children. If you are a teacher, SLP, specialist, or daycare provider in a public or private Pre-K classroom, a Home-Based Child Care, an Early Childhood Center, a Head Start/Early Head Start, or a YMCA Preschool, this workshop is for YOU! Braidy® gives you a concrete way to help every child to tell their own story. The ability to communicate “what happened” and share their feelings, thoughts, and plans impacts children’s social, emotional, and academic development, their access to equitable education, and their overall well-being. In Pre-K, exposure to Story Language is critical, since, as the grades progress, story language is embedded in all areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Your modeling of narrative language within play scenarios, routines, and transitions provides a foundation for literacy –at the same time improving communication, thinking, ability to see the big picture, executive functions, and perspective taking.

Date & Time

Date: Thursday, October 6 AND Thursday, October 13, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm-7:00 pm EST (3-hour session each day, one week apart)
Location: Zoom Live Virtual Meeting
Included: Extensive E-Book with Templates, Progress Monitoring Forms, Lessons, and Activities; Certificate of Completion; 0.6 ASHA CEUs (if eligible; see below)
Cost: $249 per participant
(contact for discounted pricing for groups of 4+)

Master Class Description

Braidy Manual imageThe Braidy the StoryBraid® Approach supports all areas of oral language development: Pragmatics, Sounds, Words and Vocabulary, Sentences and Questions, and provides a much-needed pathway to DISCOURSE (stories, information, and conversation).

Elements of story language also play an important role in developing the Social Emotional Learning core competencies as delineated by self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Modeling story language with Braidy® during symbolic play, role-playing, and pretend play helps children take perspective, increases literate language, and builds vocabulary. Many children are coming to PRE-K with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning difficulties as well as having experienced trauma or ACEs, which can diminish concentration, memory, and the ability to organize and express their thoughts. Using Braidy® to talk about feelings, thoughts, and plans is integral to addressing these difficulties in real time in the classroom as issues arise. Braidy® assists young children in working toward understanding their own behaviors and resolving conflicts with peers.

The presenters will demonstrate using Braidy® with children’s literature selections, dramatic play, centers, routines, transitions, circle time, setting expectations, problem-solving, and perspective-taking.


Add this MASTER CLASS to your shopping cart and check out. You'll receive a confirmation receipt by email prompting you to register for the Zoom classes. Then you will receive a Zoom Link by separate email. SAVE that email for joining the classes later. All registrants will have access to the RECORDED VERSION of this Master Class until November 30, 2022. If you watch the recording, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. You will be eligible for the 0.6 ASHA CEUs only when participating LIVE in the class (see ASHA CEU information below).

Time-Ordered Agenda

4:00-4:30 Foundation of Braidy the StoryBraid®
4:30-5:00 Braidy® Approach and link to Strands of Oral Language
5:00-5:30 Braidy® with Picture Books
5:30-6:30 Narrative Developmental Stages & The Gradual Release of Responsibility
6:30-7:00 Implementing Braidy® (with LOW prep) using 25 Targeted lessons
4:00-5:00 Braidy® with Dialogic Reading Strategies “PEER” & “CROWD” with Read-Alouds, Play, and Personal Experience Narratives
5:00-5:30 Feelings, Plans, Motivations: Developing Perspective-Taking with Braidy®
5:30-6:00 Braidy®for Social Emotional Learning Competencies
6:00-6:30 Teaching Story Microstructure (Sentence Development with Braidy®
6:30-7:00 Managing Classroom Conflicts & Behaviors with Braidy®

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to…

  • Explain the Braidy® tool and methodology as it relates to PreK Oral Language Development
  • Implement Braidy® during Circle Time, Centers, Indoor Play, Outdoor Play, Multistep Activities, Routines, Transitions, Mealtime/Snacktime, & Reviewing the Day
  • Model and support: telling personal narratives/sharing experiences, talking about feelings, thoughts, and plans, & problem-solving
  • Foster literacy skills in listening comprehension (reading), drawing (writing), and oral language (speaking)
  • Develop children’s perspective-taking abilities
  • Utilize Dialogic Reading Strategies during Read-Alouds, within Play, and when encouraging students to share personal experiences
  • Use Braidy® elements to model and teach the 5 Competency Clusters of Social Emotional Learning
  • How To Break Down a Picture Book for Targeted Lessons
  • Manage Conflicts and Classroom Behaviors with Braidy®


Learn directly from the experts!

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Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP

Maryellen is the Founder and President of MindWing Concepts. Her 50-year professional career includes school-based SLP, Assistant Professor, Diagnostician, and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development. She created the Story Grammar Marker and was awarded two U.S. patents. In 2011, Moreau received the Boise Peace Quilt Project Award for her work with children in the area of conflict resolution and social communication. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service, or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities Moreau is an internationally recognized presenter.

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Linda received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1981 from the University of Maryland. In 2014 she received her CAGS designation from American International College as a Reading Specialist. Linda has practiced in many settings, including hospitals, public and private schools. She is the former Principal of the Curtis Blake Day School of the Children’s Study Home, for students with dyslexia/LLD. Linda has presented at the Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing conventions. She also presented on the topic of “Narratives” at a learning disabilities conference in the United Arab Emirates. In her current role, Linda uses her 25+ years of experience with Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker®, and MindWing’s other methodologies as a trainer, presenter, and co-author on new publications.

ASHA CEU Information

To earn ASHA CEU credit, you will need to provide your ASHA number and related information, and be present, participative, and attentive for the entire course and complete a course survey. A Certificate of Completion will be provided.

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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CRA Therapy logoThank You! ASHA CEUs will be provided by Community Rehab Associates, Inc. ( We are very appreciative of our friends at Community Rehab Associates, Inc. for collaborating with us to provide our participants with ASHA CEUs.

Statement of Learning

Braidy® in Pre-K Master Class will be provided online, LIVE by accessing a Zoom meeting link. The course will be recorded for future use by MindWing Concepts, Inc. The course content will include lectures, video(s), case study reviews, break-out group activities, group discussions, and question and answer sessions. Attendees’ microphones will be muted during the workshop. Questions may be posed by listeners by “raising their hand” (live) or using the “chat” feature on Zoom. Questions posed using the “chat” feature will be shared by the moderator with the presenter and addressed.

Assessment of Learning

These tools will be used to assess the degree to which course participants achieved the course's/session's learning outcomes:

  • Completion of a project (assignment)
  • Performance demonstrations (within break-out sessions)
  • Question-and-answer session (at end of session)



Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, has ownership interest in MindWing Concepts and holds intellectual property rights and patents. Maryellen is employed as president of MindWing Concepts. In that capacity, she writes books, creates materials, consults, trains, and presents.


No relevant non-financial relationships exist.


Linda Lafontaine, M.A. CAGS CCC-SLP, Is a consultant and presenter at MindWingConcepts, Inc. Linda consults and presents for MindWing Concepts, Inc and receives a consulting fee.


No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist

CRA Therapy’s Policy is to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CE courses, conducting CE courses that are free from the appearance of or actual conflicts of interest (“COI”) and avoiding introduction/demonstration of bias in favor or against a product, service, or device in return for known or unknown personal and professional gain. CRA Therapy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Accommodations: Please email human resources at CRA Therapy at and request Professional Development Handbook, including policies: The policy on provisions on accommodations and complaints is found in the Policies for Provision of Continuing Education Speech and Language Pathology, which can be located at or by requesting a copy from CRA human resources.

    Course Cancellation Policy

    There is a fee for this course and it will be rescheduled if canceled for any reason. If for any reason, the course is canceled by MindWing Concepts (and can NOT be rescheduled), MindWing Concepts, Inc., will notify participants via email and refunds will be issued. If you are ill or there is another emergency and you are not able to attend on these dates, we will transfer your registration for the next available ThemeMaker® Master Class.

    Product Disclosure

    This presentation will focus exclusively on narrative development with the Story Grammar Marker® Approach and will not include information on other similar or related narrative development tools.

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